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Fair Food Network: Dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system

Hesterman at trade show
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Oran Hesterman

A national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems founded the Fair Food Network about 15 years ago.  Among the network’s goals is to provide healthy, fresh food to underserved communities like Detroit.

Dr. Oran Hesterman is the president and CEO of the Ann Arbor-based Fair Food Network. “We founded the network based on a strong belief that vibrant local food systems can create health and economic opportunity for everybody in a community,” Hesterman tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes.

Double Up Food Bucks “enables anybody who is a recipient of SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – to bring their bridge card to a participating location and double their spending power if they spend their SNAP dollars on locally grown fruits and vegetables.”

Hesterman highlights many of the network’s key partners who make the whole thing go and the important nutrition assistance its providing in Flint.

“We welcome partnerships in every way, shape or form to try to get the word out that this Double Up Food Bucks program is available because we want folks to use it.”

Greening of the Great Lakes airs inside MSU Today Sunday afternoons at 4:00 on AM 870.

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